Snow, freezing rain pummel mid-Atlantic
A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, cancelled flights and contributed to hundreds of car accidents.
Virginia State Police said the driver of a military surplus vehicle was killed late Saturday after he lost control on Interstate 81 because of slick road conditions. Police said Ronald W. Harris, 73, of Gainesville, Georgia, died after his vehicle was struck by two tractor-trailers.
Virginia State Police said they responded to more than 230 traffic crashes and helped more than 100 disabled vehicles in Virginia from midnight to noon Sunday.
The storm knocked out power for nearly 200,000 people in Virginia and North Carolina on Sunday, according to PowerOutage.us. In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Sunday, seeking to help utility crews restore electricity more quickly.
The wintry mix caused problems at airports, including more than 250 flight cancellations Sunday at the three airports serving the nation’s capital.
By late Sunday afternoon, the Washington, D.C. metro area, northern Virginia and parts of Maryland had snowfall accumulations from five to eight inches. Central Virginia had as little as one inch, but the snow was followed by hours of sleet and freezing rain.
Among those killed in the Midwest was Christopher Lambert, 34, an Illinois state trooper struck by a car when he responded to a threevehicle crash Saturday in suburban Chicago.